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29th Annual Montrose Christian Writers Conference

July 22-27, 2018

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Experienced writers will be spiritually renewed as they sharpen their word-smithing skills and learn about Christian publishing at this annual conference.

  • 4 Continuing Morning Classes
  • 1 Work-in-Progress Seminar
  • 43 Afternoon Workshops
  • 1 Faculty Panel Discussion
  • Appointments with Editors and Agents
  • Professional Critiques and Consults
  • Hands-on Mentoring Opportunities

EDITORS AND AGENTS COMING THIS YEAR!

LIN JOHNSON (EDITOR) – CHRISTIAN COMMUNICATOR/ THE CHRISTIAN WRITERS MARKET GUIDE
NANCY LOHR (EDITOR) – JOURNEYFORTH
CINDY SPROLES (EDITOR) – LIGHTHOUSE PUBLISHING OF THE CAROLINAS
JEANETTE WINDLE (EDITOR) – KREGEL PUBLISHING
MICHELLE LAZUREK (AGENT) – WORDWISE MEDIA SERVICES
BOB HOSTETLER (AGENT) – THE STEVE LAUBE AGENCY

This conference is directed by Marsha Hubler.

Continuing Classes

Designed to provide in-depth learning and participation. Most valuable when taken as a series but all are open to those who cannot attend every day.

MAJOR MORNING CLASSES

10:40-12:10 Monday-Thursday

YOUR BEST NONFICTION BOOK NOW - BOB HOSTETLER

WRITING FOR CHILDREN - NANCY LOHR

MARKETING THAT FITS YOUR STYLE - KAREN WHITING

SO YOU WANT TO WRITE?  - JEANETTE WINDLE

WORK-IN-PROGRESS SEMINAR
MORNINGS:10:40-12:10 Monday-Thursday (Limit 8 Conferees)

JUVENILE FICTION - JOYCE MAGNIN 

Afternoon Workshop Series

(How-to instruction on specialized topics)

BLOGGING 101 & THE SOCIAL MEDIA
6 Sessions: 1:30 & 2:30 Tues. - Thurs.  Don Catlett

LEARNING THE PUBLISHING PATH STEP BY STEP
4 Sessions: 2:30 Mon. – Thurs.  Cindy Sproles    

Afternoon Workshops

Monday
1:30-2:15
1.  Indie Publishing vs. Royalty Publishing. What’s New? - Faculty Panel

2:30-3:15
2.  Writing the True-Life Title - Jeanette Windle
3.  Build, Steal, Outsource - Chris Morris
4.  Working with Your Editor - Cindy Sproles
5.  Selling What You Write (Marketing) - Lin Johnson

3:30-4:15
6.  Creative Devotions as a Well Spring for Writing - Ginny Merritt
7.  The Future in Writing for Children & Youth. Is There One? - Joyce Magnin
8.  Tips and Tools for Effective Research - Lisa Crayton
9.  Self-Publishing: The Writing Process - Michelle Lazurek

Tuesday

1:30-2:15
10.  Blogging/Social Media (Part One)  - Don Catlett
11.  What Can a Freelance Editor Do for Me? - Kathy Ide
12.  Setting Up Your Home Business - Chris Morris
13.  Writing for Early Readers - Michelle Lazurek

2:30-3:15
14.  Blogging/Social Media (Part Two)  - Don Catlett
15.  Making the Dream Work - Chris Morris
16.  Keep Them Turning the Pages - Cindy Sproles
17.  Writing Bible Study Guides - Lin Johnson

3:30-4:15
18.  Public Speaking - Ginny Merritt
19.  Style and Voice in Kids' Lit. How to Discover Yours - Joyce Magnin
20.  Right to Heal/ Write to Heal - Lisa Crayton
21.  Writing for Tweens - Karen Whiting
 
Wednesday
1:30-2:15
22.  Blogging/Social Media (Part Three)  - Don Catlett
23.  Top Ten Myths of Becoming a Published Author - Kathy Ide
24.  Writing Can Be Taxing - Chris Morris
25.  Twelve Elements of Character Development - Michelle Lazurek

2:30-3:15
26.  Blogging/Social Media (Part Four)  - Don Catlett
27.  Self-publishing Successfully - Chris Morris
28.  Turn Personal Experience into Parables - Cindy Sproles
29.  How to Please an Editor - Lin Johnson

3:30-4:15
30.  Host a Book Launch Party - Ginny Merritt
31.  Making Fiction Real for Kids - Joyce Magnin
32.  Successfully Selling to Mainstream Markets - Lisa Crayton
33.  Devotions for All Ages - Karen Whiting 

Thursday
1:30-2:15
34.  Blogging/Social Media (Part Five)  - Don Catlett
35.  How to Become a Freelance Editor - Kathy Ide
36.  Build Your Craft with God - Chris Morris
37.  Nonfiction Proposals - Michelle Lazurek

2:30 – 3:15
38.   Blogging/Social Media (Part Six)  - Don Catlett
39.  How to Balance Writing with Long-Term Illness - Chris Morris
40.  Polishing Your Work - Cindy Sproles
41.  Understand a Magazine as Well as a Editor - Lin Johnson

 3:30-4:15
42.  Weaving in the Spiritual Message in Kids' Fiction - Joyce Magnin
43.  Writing for Women - Lisa Crayton
44.  Selling to Children's Periodicals  - Karen Whiting

Workshop Leaders

 Don Catlett: has worked at the crossroads of web design, photography, marketing, & social media for more years than he cares to count. Since launching Clearly See Media in 2008, he continues to work as a digital advertising specialist for companies including Amazon Publ., Lamplighter Publ., QVC, The Shopping Channel, Child Evangelism Fellowship, and many retail & service businesses. 

Lisa Crayton: a former corporate editor & writer for multi-million-dollar corporations & versatile nonfiction writer with more than 30 years’ experience. An award-winning freelance writer who writes for general & Christian markets, and the author of a dozen nonfiction children's books, she’s also the author of I Want to Talk with My Teen About Money Management. She’s written articles, columns, essays, devotionals, fillers, Bible Study Guides, & book chapters. 

Bob Hostetler: an award-winning author, lit. agent, & speaker from southwestern OH. His 50 books, including the award-winning Don’t Check Your Brains at the Door & The Bard and the Bible: A Shakespeare Devotional, have sold millions of copies. Bob’s also the executive director of the Christian Writers Institute. He & his wife have been married for 40 years. They have 2 children & 5 grandchildren.

Kathy Ide is the author of Proofreading Secrets of Best-Selling Authors and the Capitalization Dictionary and editor/compiler of the Fiction Lover’s Devotional series. She’s been a professional freelance editor and writing mentor since 1998, working with Christian authors of all genres at all levels. She directs the SoCal Christian Writers’ Conference and Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference. Having founded The Christian PEN: Proofreaders and Editors Network, Christian Editor Connection, and PENCON, she is now co-owner of the Christian Editor Network LLC, parent company to those organizations as well as The PEN Institute. To find out more about Kathy, visit www.KathyIde.com


Lin Johnson: the managing editor of the Christian Communicator, a monthly magazine; editor-administrator of The Christian Writers Market Guide; author of more than 70 books with a specialization in Bible curriculum. A Gold Medallion Book Award & an Evangelical Press Association Higher Goals award recipient. Lin also directs the Write-to-Publish Conference in the Chicago area and teaches at writers’ conferences around the world.

Michelle Lazurek: a multi-genre award-winning author, speaker, pastor's wife & associate literary agent for WordWise Media Services. Winner of the Golden Scroll Children's Book of the Year, the Enduring Light Silver Medal, & the Maxwell award for best non-fiction. A member of the Christian Author's Network & the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association. She & her husband live in Coudersport, PA, with their 2 children. 

Nancy Lohr: acquires for both the youth & adult markets for JourneyForth. Nancy has over 20 years of experience in book publishing and has experience as an educator and children’s librarian. She loves to teach about the art & craft of writing. Her personal writing résumé includes two historical novels for children, curriculum stories and articles, and book reviews and articles for parents and educators.

Joyce Magnin is the author of more than a dozen books, including the award-winning Bright’s Pond series, the Harriet Beamer novels, Maybelle in Stitches (Quilts of Love Series) and three middle grade novels, Jelly Bean Summer, Carrying Mason and Cake-Love, Chickens and Taste of Peculiar which was awarded a Kirkus starred review. Her debut novel, The Prayers of Agnes Sparrow (Bright’s Pond) was named one of the top five titles of 2009 by Library Journal and was a finalist for the Carol Award. Joyce is a staff author for Rabbit Publishing where she writes the Honey Moon books and collaborates on the Harry Moon titles. Joyce also writes curriculum with Rabbit Publishing based on the popular middle grade series. She loves to visit schools and talk about the magical world of books and writing.

Ginny Merritt: has attended MCWC for over 20 years, has written drama, puppet skits, devotions, & two published books: A Ram for Isaac and The Window in the Wall (BJU Press). She’s working on illustrating Revelation as a personal project. She’s a speaker for Stonecroft Christian Women's Connection and lives in Clyde, NY, with her husband, Ray.

Chris Morris: the founder of Chris Morris CPA, LLC, an accounting firm focused on creative entrepreneurs. His clients include editors, digital designers, authors, photographers, online marketing firms, & publishers. He has an MBA from Grand Canyon University & a Bachelor in Biblical Studies from Arizona Christian University. A regular faculty member & keynote at Christian writers’ conferences. He’s authored two books.

Cindy Sproles: an author, teacher, & speaker. She’s the managing editor for Straight Street Books and Son Rise Devotionals (imprints of Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas) & the executive editor of ChristianDevotions.us and InspireaFire.com.  She travels nationwide teaching at writers’ conferences & women's conferences. A best-selling author & writing mentor, she’s the author of 9 non-fiction and 2 fiction books. Cindy’s devotions are widely published over the eastern seaboard.

Karen Whiting: an international speaker, former TV host, & award-winning author of 18 books. She’s written more than 600 articles for more than 60 publications. Currently, she writes for “Leading Hearts Magazine” & “Molly Green Magazine.” She writes for women, families, children, & the military. Best sellers include God’s Girls and My Princess Devotions.

Jeanette Windle:  Award-winning novelist, journalist, editor, & collaborative writer Jeanette Windle has lived in six countries and traveled in almost 40. Those experiences have birthed 21 fiction and non-fiction titles, including Forgiven: The Amish Schoolhouse Shooting, a Mother’s Love, and a Story of Remarkable Grace (2016 ECPA Christian Book Award/Christian Retailing Best Awards finalist) and bestseller All Saints, also a Sony movie.

WORSHIP LEADERS

Conrad and Donna Krieger: accomplished musicians, who have traveled worldwide presenting concerts & workshops in churches & conferences. Conrad has been a church music director for many years.  He plays the piano, guitar, & flugelhorn. Donna has taught music at the college level and is a pianist, vocalist, writer, & arranger.  The Kriegers have recorded 13 albums, & Donna's publications include solo, duet, piano & choir arrangements, as well as two original cantatas.

Editorial Appointments

Private 15-minute appointments with editors and agents to show them material which may be suitable for their publications and/or to discuss ideas for stories. Sign-up sheets available at the conference. Bring professionally prepared manuscripts. Be sure to bring copies! No charge. 


Professional Critiques

This is a great opportunity to have your work evaluated by a published professional. You will receive a written evaluation of your manuscript plus a 30-minute private appointment to discuss ways to improve and/or market your piece.

Register for MCWC by June 20th and request guidelines for emailing your manuscript. $40.00 per critique.  

Michelle Lazurek - Nonfiction for adults: devotionals, Bible studies, memoirs
Children's picture books ideally ages 1-3, 5-8, but will take chapter books for older if needed. Christian content is ideal but will take secular written by a Christian. 
Please submit a fiction proposal and manuscript (per the appropriate template on the Wordwise Media website in the “connect” section) (Limit: 5) 

Nancy Lohr – children’s fiction, picture books (Limit: 3)

Karen Whiting – devotions, Bible stories for kids, nonfiction any age, proposals, articles (No limit)

Jeanette Windle – nonfiction: theological/memoirs/Christian living (Limit: 4)

Kathy Ide - any fiction except speculative, or any nonfiction, but only for adult readership (Limit: 5)

Joyce Magnin – middle grade and YA fiction (Limit: 4)

Cindy Sproles – fiction for adults; devotions (Limit: 4)


Other Opportunities

MORNING WORK-IN-PROGRESS 
Juvenile fiction with Joyce Magnin: $40 (4 sessions)

PRIVATE BLOGGING LESSONS 
Work one-on-one with social media guru, Don Catlett, to start a blog or upgrade the one you have. Each 45-minute session is $20.

CRITIQUE GROUPS and GENRES of INTEREST GROUPS
Opportunity for feedback from other writers. No charge.

BOOK TABLE
Features books by faculty and conferees.  When registering, please indicate books you’ve written which you would like to sell. Please tag all books with prices rounded to a dollar.

RECORDINGS
Listen to the sessions you missed or those you want to hear again. 

EVENING EVENTS

MONDAY: THE PUGS PARTY -  Are you sure you know where all those commas go? How about “em” dashes? Apostrophes? Join this fun activity presented by Kathy Ide and Vie Herlocker, which will be entertaining as well as informative and will make you a better writer.


TUESDAY:  FREE TIME or REHEARSAL FOR WEDNESDAY EVENING

WEDNESDAY: MAKE YOUR PITCH – Here’s your chance to share your book idea for no more than one minute to an audience of your peers AND a panel of faculty members, who will give you their honest opinion. Wear a character’s costume, sing, or be as creative as you like to get your point across. Do you have the nerve?


THURSDAY: WRITERS’ THEATER - another opportunity for you to shine! Bring your own work, an excerpt from a short story, memoir, novel, or a poem and trimmed to three minutes and read it to the conferees at the Writers’ Theater, a delightful program that celebrates your creativity.  

Scholarships

Shirley Brinkerhoff Memorial Scholarship: $100 grant for tuition
Awarded to a writer actively striving to hone the craft of writing who has not yet secured a publishing contract.  See below for application. 

General Scholarship

Help available according to need. Please inquire when registering.   

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